Food producers are constantly looking to increase both yield and quality while maximising gross margins within sustainable intensive production systems.
Controlled environments such as greenhouses and vertical farming units are becoming increasingly popular in the UK as installation costs are falling and they are seen as a way of reducing the carbon footprint for food production, with reduced need for food transportation and use of green energy.
CHAP’s controlled environment facilities include the Advanced Glasshouse Facility and the Vertical Farming Development Centre at STC, the Innovation Hub for Controlled Environment Agriculture (IHCEA) in partnership with Liberty Produce and the James Hutton Institute, and the Natural Light Growing (NLG) Centre, in partnership with RIPE and University of Warwick Life Sciences, Wellesbourne.
CHAP’s Vertical Farming Development Centre is housed at Stockbridge Technology Centre (STC), near Selby, and provides additional and complementary capabilities to STC’s existing LED4CROPS facilities
CHAP’s Vertical Farming Development Centre is housed at Stockbridge Technology Centre (STC), near Selby, and provides additional and complementary capabilities to STC’s existing LED4CROPS facilities.
CHAP has partnered with Liberty Produce to establish the Innovation Hub for Controlled Environment Agriculture (IHCEA) which is housed at Liberty’s Future Farming Hub on site at the James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie.
CHAP has partnered with RIPE building services Ltd to realise the development of a new approach to commercial protected crop production utilising full UV spectrum natural daylight.
All of the CHAP capabilities based at STC are around sustainable intensification of produce, making sure that as we grow food going forward, we can do that in an environmentally responsible way so that we can continue to grow high-yielding, good quality crops into the future.- Dr Dave George , Stockbridge Technology Centre
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